Jerusalem’s Ramban Synagogue is first Orthodox shul in Israel to hire woman as spiritual leader

Posted on: August 31st, 2016 by tgregory

In a first for an Orthodox congregation in Israel, a woman has been hired as a spiritual leader at a Jerusalem synagogue.

Karmit Feintuch will serve at the Ramban Synagogue alongside Rabbi Benny Lau and will have the title “rabbanit.” The story was first reported last month by The Jerusalem Post. 

A committee of the religious Zionist synagogue in the Katamon neighborhood unanimously approved the hiring earlier this month, according to The Post. Feintuch, who has served as an educator at the Migdal Oz seminary in the West Bank since 2008, is expected to start this month. She will deal “with all aspects of the spiritual life of the community and the connection between man and God,” Rabbi Lau said.

Feintuch will be the first female communal leader at an Orthodox synagogue in Israel, according to The Post. In 2015, Jennie Rosenfeld became the first female communal spiritual leader to serve the Orthodox community of the West Bank settlement of Efrat. •